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SitNews - Stories In The News - Ketchikan, Alaska
September 20, 2016

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October 04, 2016
Ketchikan Borough Election
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KTN Borough Assembly
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Rodney Dial
Filed 08/01/16
Statement Published 08/30/16
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Keith Smith
Filed 08/15/16
Published 09/20/16

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Susan Pickrell
Filed 08/24/16
Statement Published 09/14/16
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Judith L. McQuerry
Filed 08/25/16
Statement Published 09/08/16
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David Timmerman
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Published 09/22/16

KTN Borough Mayor
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David Landis (Unopposed)
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Julie Isom
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Spencer S. Strassburg

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Conan Matthew Steele
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Southeast Alaska: Forest Service purchases land in Cube Cove returning it to Wilderness - The completion of the purchase of the first two segments of a multi-segment land acquisition in Cube Cove on Admiralty Island was completed on September 16th. Funds for this purchase come from the congressionally-designated Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Map courtesy USFS

In July, a landmark purchase agreement between the Forest Service and Shee Atiká Corporation that will return over 22,000 acres of land back into Wilderness within the million-acre Admiralty Island National Monument was signed. Due to the size of the property, the purchase agreement established a method to acquire the property in segments through the LWCF. Last week's purchase of 4,463.45 acres represents approximately 20% of the total purchase.

When this purchase is completed it will be the largest transfer of lands from a private inholding back into Forest Service-managed Wilderness in the history of the agency. Admiralty Island is located within the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, home to large populations of brown bears and other wildlife and also critical watersheds for salmon and fish stocks.

The land owner, Shee Atiká Corporation, is a Sitka-based urban Native corporation organized under terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). The Cube Cove lands were conveyed to Shee Atiká in the early 1980s as part of ANCSA, and the federal government has long been interested in reacquiring the inholding.

“I’m pleased to finalize the purchase of Cube Cove and see these lands become a part of the Admiralty Island National Monument and Kootznoowoo Wilderness,” said Alaska’s Regional Forester, Beth Pendleton. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016

Alaska: Alaska is Part of the National Heroin and Opioid Epidemic; U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, And DEA to Present Heroin/Opioid Addiction Awareness Events in Alaskan Communities - Short notice was given that representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, and DEA are holding events this month in a series of rural Alaskan communities, as part of National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week, to increase awareness about the dangers of opioids and heroin addiction.

The scheduled Heroin/Opioid Awarness Event in Ketchikan was held today from 5:00-7:30 PM at the Discovery Center. Click here to watch the documentary film presented today at this event in Ketchikan.

The Obama Administration announced a “week of action” to raise awareness about the rising public health crisis caused by drug overdoses. As part of this effort, the U.S. Department of Justice designated the week of Sept. 18-24, 2016, as National Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week. Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week provides the chance to educate the public about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse, as well as how everyone can participate in the effort to help stop the epidemic that is killing so many of our children, friends and neighbors. For those communities hardest hit by this epidemic it is truly terrifying, and it is spreading rapidly across the country, including Alaskan communities.

Here in Alaska, a series of community events have been held or will be held. Each will feature a screening of “Chasing the Dragon,” a documentary film collaboratively produced by the FBI and DEA, which depicts the harsh reality of heroin and opioid addiction. The film was designed to better educate students and young adults about these drugs’ dangers and the tragic consequences that often accompany them. The film will be followed by an interactive community discussion with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, as well as behavioral health and medical professionals, about the issues that the film raises and how this epidemic is impacting Alaskan communities.

In addition, similar presentations are being held in schools in each community the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, and DEA are visiting as part of this initiative. - More...
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Alaska - Nationwide: You can live a healthy and rewarding life; September 2016: National Recovery Month By LT Sarah Janaro - Mental and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover.

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to raise awareness about how substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. It is also a way to commemorate the progress that so many have made in their recovery. Recovery Month reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, and that treatment is effective.

Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Mental disorders take many different forms, with some rooted in deep levels of anxiety, extreme changes in mood, or reduced ability to focus or behave appropriately. Others involve unwanted, intrusive thoughts and some may result in auditory and visual hallucinations or false beliefs about basic aspects of reality. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder.

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorders, followed by depressive disorders. Different mental disorders are more likely to begin and occur at different stages in life and are thus more prevalent in certain age groups.
  • Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive fear or anxiety that is difficult to control and negatively and substantially impacts daily functioning. Fear refers to the emotional response to a real or perceived threat while anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. These disorders can range from specific fears (called phobias), such as the fear of flying or public speaking, to more generalized feelings of worry and tension. Anxiety disorders typically develop in childhood and persist to adulthood.
  • Anxiety disorders may be caused by a combination of genetics, biology, and environmental factors. Adverse childhood experiences may also contribute to risk for developing anxiety disorders.

Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

  • Did you know that slightly more than half of Americans aged 12 or older report being current drinkers of alcohol?
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol use causes 88,000 deaths a year.
  • Prescription drug misuse and abuse is the intentional or unintentional use of medication without a prescription, in a way other than prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. This issue is a growing national problem in the United States. Prescription drugs are misused and abused more often than any other drug, except marijuana and alcohol. This growth is fueled by misperceptions about prescription drug safety, and increasing availability.
  • Prescription drug abuse-related emergency department visits and treatment admissions have risen significantly in recent years. Other negative outcomes that may result from prescription drug misuse and abuse include overdose and death, falls and fractures in older adults, and, for some, initiating injection drug use with resulting risk for infections such as hepatitis C and HIV.

Too often it seems that the negative side of recovery is exposed, but there are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. This is accomplished by sharing success stories with neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

This year marks the 27th annual National Recovery Month and focuses on the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016


Alaska: Changing Times, Changing Stories: Climate Change Perspectives Vary Notably Among Generations in Subarctic Alaska - New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and partners illustrates how climate change is perceived among different generations of indigenous residents in subarctic Alaska. While all subjects agreed climate change is occurring, the older participants observed more overall changes than the younger demographic.

Changing Times, Changing Stories: Climate Change Perspectives Vary Notably Among Generations in Subarctic Alaska

Sunrise on the Andreafsky River in St. Mary's, Alaska
September 20, 2016
Photo courtesy USGS

Scientists conducted interviews in four rural indigenous communities in subarctic Alaska. The findings appear in the recent online edition of the journal Ecology and Society.

Analysis of these interviews revealed that although observations of climate change were common among interview participants in all generations and in all communities, older participants observed more changes overall than younger participants. Additionally, how change was perceived varied between generations.

Observations common among generations included warmer winter temperature, decrease in snow, and increase in rain, later freeze up and a general shift in expected seasonal time frames. Distinct generational perceptions of environmental change included a perception by participants of the younger generation that weather is always variable while older participants viewed the observed changes as outside of normal weather variability.

“The elders of these communities have experienced both rapid social and environmental change over their lifetime,” said Nicole Herman-Mercer, USGS scientist and lead author of the study. “Therefore, they view these changes through a different lens than younger generations who have had a relatively more stable social environment and a more unstable climate environment throughout their lives.” - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016


National: TRAIL OF TEARS DEFACED BY FOREST SERVICE; Agency Apologizes for Destroying Sacred Sites but Offers No Atonement - The U.S. Forest Service tore up a section of the Trail of Tears Historic Trail but, despite apologizing to tribes who regard the land as sacred, has not held any officials to account, according to a complaint filed yesterday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) calling for an investigation by the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the more than two years since dredging a series of 35 impoundment dykes and tank traps across the Trail of Tears, the Forest Service has yet to repair the damage or take any steps to prevent its recurrence.

The Trail of Tears was a series of forced relocations of Indian tribes from the Southeast U.S. following the Indian Removal Act of 1830, during which thousands died. The series of protected trails cover 2,200 miles stretching across nine states, from Georgia to Oklahoma.

In March 2014, Cherokee National Forest officials launched extensive erosion control work but did so –

  • On lands the Forest Service did not then own. Instead the tract was subject to an option to buy under terms explicitly forbidding this type of work;
  • Sending heavy equipment out without conducting the required historic or cultural resource reviews even though the sole purpose of the purchase was to add land to the publicly-owned historic trail system. It also illegally altered the course of a stream and was done in violation of federal law requiring environmental review for any such project; and
  • Without reason, as the targeted erosion was not on the Trail of Tears, which is now honeycombed with three large tank traps and 32 water bars.

“This is one the most blatant official desecrations of a sacred site in modern American history,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that on September 6, 2016, Tennessee’s State Historical Commission cancelled its recognition of the reliability of the Cherokee National Forest’s cultural preservation program, thus requiring detailed state review of all future projects. “Jaw-dropping incompetence mixed with abject dereliction of duty coated in an impenetrable mantle of bureaucratic self-preservation spawned this debacle.” - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016


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DAVE KIFFER: TIME WELL SPENT - An acquaintance recently noted that he does his best thinking in the shower.

Okay fine. Now, I won't get that image out of my head anytime soon.

I guess it never occurred to me to do much cogitating in the shower. I always like to soap up, rinse off and get out.

Maybe it's after a lifetime in Ketchikan where you spend most of your life getting dripped on and you'd prefer not to be any wetter, any longer, than you have to.

Anyway, all I ever do in the shower is notice that my toes are perversely curved and I do not have six pack abs, unless that six pack is Coca Cola.

I do not, repeat, do not spend much time thinking.

And then there are all those weird beauty marks that might be something bad if you're not careful, according to all those issues of Dermatology Today. Is that blemish just a blemish or it is something worse? And really, when do freckles EVER amount to anything good? - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016

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ARTHUR MARTIN: ON BOREDOM, LIFE, AND DEATH - I ran into a friend this week that I haven't seen in a while and in the course of catching up and finding out how my friend was doing in life,  a verbal gem was dropped into the conversation, "Life's pretty Boring at the moment....."

At the time, those few words didn't really register, until after I came home and thought about how sad that statement is! There is an old cliche that states, "only boring people are bored" and in danger of sounding conceited, I have to admit that it's 100% correct. Never in history has an American had so many opportunities to not be bored in life!

Only 100 years ago, if you wanted to get a post-secondary education, learn a new language, or learn to play an instrument, it was simply out of your reach. Only the rich and wealthy could afford such luxuries. The "common man and woman" had to work everyday just to survive and put food on the table.

However, quite recently (and partly because of the internet) one doesn't have to be bored ever again! - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016

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WILL DURST: Health Wars - We, the American People, should pat ourselves on the back for having survived a multitude of presidential battles this year. So far we've ducked mud thrown during the Little Hands Wars, the Naked Wives Wars, the Bigotry Wars, the Qualification Wars, the Crazier than a Wombat in a Centrifuge Wars, and now a brand new phase: the Health Wars. Open those umbrellas folks, because the partisan splooey is starting to pour.

These new attacks concern which candidate is sick, sicker, sickest and question whether the opponent can summon the required stamina to act as president. Obviously it's an integral consideration but not the only one, otherwise the fight for Chief Executive would be raging between Ashton Eaton, the Olympic Decathlon champion, and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey. Which could be a double upgrade.

Listen to 70-year-old codger Donald Trump and you'd think that 68-year-old geezer Hillary Clinton is not just too sick to serve, but already dead and only ambulatory due to a dark sorcery achieved by making a deal with the devil himself. It's a charge which the press is dutifully investigating, but has yet support or debunk. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 20, 2016

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letter Write-In School Board Candidate By Kevin Johnson - I do apologize for just recently adding my name to the list of current school board candidates. I had every intention of filing my candidacy earlier this year but do to unforeseen circumstances I was not 100% sure that I could commit the necessary time. Serving the public in this capacity I strongly feel requires nothing less that 100% commitment. However the great gift of life is that circumstances often change and I was afforded the opportunity to take on a new challenge. I am committed! - More...
Wednesday AM - September 21, 2016

letter Support Johnson/Weld By Donald Moskowitz - The Libertarian ticket of Johnson for President and Weld for Vice President provides a huge amount of executive experience acquired when they were governors. I believe governors are the most qualified politicians to ascend to the Presidency. With this ticket we have a former governor available to assume the Presidency. - More...
Wednesday AM - September 21, 2016

letter RE: Americans must get solidly behind Clinton By Joe O'Hara - The September 14th letter "Americans must get solidly behind Clinton" is essentially my letter "Americans must get solidly behind Trump" that appeared in SitNews on August 29th. - More...
Wednesday AM - September 21, 2016

letter Open Letter to Alaskans By Senator Bill Wielechowski - I’m writing this letter to speak directly to you, without the filter of the media or hearsay. Today [Friday], former Senators Clem Tillion, Rick Halford and I filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the Permanent Fund Corporation to transfer the amount necessary to pay all Alaskans a full PFD. We don’t take the decision to file a lawsuit to protect the PFD lightly, but after weeks of serious consideration and feedback from Alaskans, I feel that we must. I hope you take a few minutes to read this letter so you understand what led to my decision to file this lawsuit. - More...
Saturday AM - September 17, 2016

letter 2016 Pink Salmon Run By Rep. Dan Ortiz - I currently serve on the House Fisheries Committee. My colleague, the chair of that committee, Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak, has requested the Walker-Mallott administration declare the 2016 pink salmon run a disaster, and has requested that Division of Investments temporarily suspend state boat loan payment requirements. I support these actions as well and am pleased to report that both measures will likely be taken. - More...
Saturday AM - September 17, 2016

letter Open Letter to Sen. Murkowski By Michael McNally - Dear Senator Murkowski, Do you remember 2010? As an independent Alaskan voter you can bet I do.

To refresh your memory, 2010 was the year that the far right wing of the Republican Party denied you the party nomination, preferring to run Joe Miller as their candidate. You were re-elected only with the support of Alaska's moderate centrist voters -- I was one -- and we hoped that when you returned to Washington you would remember that it was the people, not the party, who sent you back to represent our interests. - More..
Wednesday PM - September 14, 2016

letter Americans must get solidly behind Clinton By Justin Breese - Americans unquestionably cannot allow the scandal-ridden, divisive, Donald Trump to become leader of our beloved Country. - More...
Wednesday PM - September 14, 2016

letter Working Together By Evelyn Erbele, Susan Peters, Jerri Taylor-Elkins, Agnes Moran, Jay Hochberg, Tasha-Marie Olinger & Charlotte White - Comments were made from the podium at the City Council meeting of September 1, 2016 that implied that the various organizations that address hunger and homelessness in our community are siloed and do not interact with one another. In actuality, we believe these organizations do work well together. What to an outside observer may appear, as siloing is actually the groups being very conscientious of the limited resources available in our community. Consequently, these groups work hard to complement one another and to not duplicate services. - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2016

letter 2016 PFD: Exactly How Much Taken from Alaskans? By Andrée McLeod - Exactly how much has Bill Walker snatched from the pockets of every man, woman and child in Alaska this year? How much would the permanent fund dividend checks have been had the governor not vetoed the full amount already appropriated by our representative and senators in the legislature this past session? - More...
Monday PM - September 12, 2016

letter So Now You Know By David G. Hanger - So now you know, too, that “Oil Company” Walker is not merely a follower of this messianic insanity northerners call “The Beginnning,” he is a leader of this insipid lunacy. He suddenly has a constitutional mandate to build a liquid natural gas pipeline for the benefit of all Alaskans that will spew forth its joy sometime between 2025 and 2040. Indeed, a constitutional mandate to blow Alaska’s whole cash wad for the next several decades because what he wants you to support is your poverty and hardship while he monumentalizes himself with a project that costs somewhere between $50 billion and $100 billion before the first dollar is earned. Why does he not have a similar ‘constitutional mandate’ to collect reasonable royalties and taxes from the jerks who are stealing Alaska’s oil for nothing in return to the State or to its people? - More...
Monday PM - September 12,2015

letter CAVE People By A. M. Johnson - It is suggested that reality encourages the gathering of souls in a uproar for the purpose of Deer Mountain logging, in a positive step. Form a Committee. Forming a committee assures the participants the satisfaction of making the effort. The goal if success is not achieved, is to be viewed as having made that effort and feel good about it. A committee requires a proper title to clearly give the listening public guidance to the committee's intent. - More...
Thursday PM - September 08, 2016

letter Open Letter to Mental Health Trust By David G Hanger - Take your Mental Health Trust chairmanship, Board of Directors, et. al, and go to hell by the shortest route. The Trust has got to be the number one bad guy in all of Alaska. Deer Mountain is Ketchikan, Alaska, and you folks propose to destroy it so you can make a few bucks. Why don’t we put the Anchorage sewage processing plant in your front yard, a rendering plant in your back yard, and obstruct any view you might have with an 80 foot concrete wall. - More...
Thursday PM - September 08, 2016

letter An historic opportunity for Alaska’s future By Governor Bill Walker - In the final stages of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, many quit their jobs prior to the completion of TAPS because they wanted to be first in line to work on the gasline. Alaska expected construction to begin that quickly. But that was nearly 40 years ago. Efforts to monetize the billions of dollars of stranded North Slope gas, such as the projects advanced by the Yukon Pacific Corporation and the Alaska Gasline Port Authority did not materialize, primarily due to lack of access to gas. For the first time, Alaska now has assurances by the North Slope leaseholders that the gasline project will have access to North Slope gas. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Naay I’waans (The Great House) Re-dedication Ceremony By Rep. Dan Ortiz - On Saturday, September 3rd I, along with approximately 800 other visitors, had the privilege of attending the Naay I’waans (The Great House) Re-dedication Ceremony in Kasaan. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Deer Mountain By Norbert Chaudhary - It's a bit of a stretch to use the popularity of the Lumberjack Show as justification to continue outdated practices of the past and to log Deer Mountain - as was recently written in a letter supporting Mental Health's ultimatum. Using that same logic, Dolly's House is quite popular so why not bring back prostitution? After all, along with clear cut logging, Ketchikan's Red Light District provided jobs and was once a major contributor to our local economy. But of course we have moved on in our growth as a community and as a state. Or have we? - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter The Deer Mountain Threat By Michael Spence - In response to Mr Graham's letter defending the ultimatum of logging Deer Mountain by the Mental Health Land Trust if its demands are not met by Congress: To most people who live here, use of the term Trust is a little disingenuous as to who is the real beneficiary of this scheme. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter In Praise of Public Servants By Michael Spence - Since the 1980's there has been a gradual erosion of respect and appreciation for the true public servants of our country. Indeed some politicans have promoted an ideology that public service is somehow inferior to private enterprise. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Ketchikan City Council Elected to Serve the People By Shawn D. Kimberley - Like many other residents of Ketchikan, I have been watching closely as our elected City Council addresses the Marijuana bill passed by Alaska voters. What I, and many other have witnessed, is nothing short of a disorganized, squabbling, unproductive attempt at addressing the bill. Our city council was VOTED in to REPRESENT the people and to SERVE the community. However when it comes to this all important measure, they have performed very poorly as a group. - More... Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Open Letter to Sen. Sullivan: What I want By A. M. Johnson - I don't go to public meetings any longer particularly with politicians. Not meant as a slap, rather, same o, same o. In reading Senator Sullivan's comments being in Ketchikan, particular the Deer Mountain logging issue, one of the many reasons for the civil war was the South recognizing that the North with all of its industrial power and resources would one day by the shear force of numbers, eliminate 'State Rights' as it was recognized during the day. (Slave ownership being but one subject) - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Thoughts on Labor Day By Rep. Dan Ortiz - The history of America's economic success, and our high gross domestic product compared to the rest of the world has much to do with our country being blessed by an abundant and varied supply of natural resources. From our flowing rivers, to our vast farm lands, to our rich supply of energy resources, across the U.S., America has the the comparative advantage in terms of natural resources. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Being Prepared Is Not Just for Scouts By By Susan Johnson - No matter where you live, a natural disaster can strike at any time. Here in the Northwest, we’re told to expect the next big earthquake at any time. Many of our majestic mountains are dormant volcanos. The natural beauty of our forests can turn into horrible forest fires from a carelessly thrown cigarette butt. Extreme winter storms are a serious risk. Floods are common throughout our region and we also get the occasional tornado. While disasters are sometimes instantly fatal, survival often depends on whether you are prepared. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Dangerous Donald Trump By Donald Moskowitz - Dangerous Donald Trump might be a threat to our viability. He could try to assume dictatorial powers and abolish the Constitution, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Some of his supporters are far right extremists. His candidacy is reminiscent of the Fascists in Germany, Italy, and Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

letter Logging Deer Mountain By Rosa Gaona - I am from Ketchikan and currently living in Juneau, Alaska and I feel very strongly that logging Deer Mountain is a quick fix but a very bad idea. Whoever is in charge of this idea for quick monies needs to consider the impacts involved! - More...
Tuesday PM - September 06, 2016

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